Author Archives: James

About James

As a semi-retired senior, I researched the story of the lost gold bars of Camp McKinney. My years in agriculture allowed me to comfortably search the rugged BC forest uncovering valuable clues over the years. Although I have paid a high cost for my unwavering search, I have once again seen the magick and power in nature.

Treasure and Ownership

Good treasure hunts start in the library and end in the courtroom. In between are days of reality in the great outdoors, frustration, realization and hopefully success. Over my decade search for the lost gold bars of Camp McKinney, the … Continue reading

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Judge Wilson R Gay, Seattle

When WR Gay worked in partnership with Brady, he aided Mary Roderick as she struggled in the aftermath of Mathew’s shooting death near Camp McKinney in October of 1896. Wilson sent an investigator to the mining camp to learn what … Continue reading

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The Roderick House, 329 Taylor Street, Seattle

The Faux-Victorian house was built in King County, Seattle in 1892. Matt and Mary probably bought the home that same year due to rapid growth in the city’s population. The photo, taken by the city for tax purposes, is from … Continue reading

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Hurry Summer

Near the end of June, I will be seventy years old. I would complain except not everyone gets to reach the milestone. It’s with very mixed emotions that I continue to grow ever older. For me, the worst part of … Continue reading

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On Writing

This is a great time to be writing a memoir; hell it’s a good time to be writing anything. The memoir portion is relatively easy as I have lived the story and kept detailed records through it all. After telling … Continue reading

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Mileage and Expenses for the Quest by Year

10 trips resulted in 6,230 kilometers (3871 miles) driven; $11,142.00 spent in 2012 19 trips resulted in 10,462 kilometers (6500 miles) driven; $2897.53 spent in 2013 20 trips resulted in 11,960 kilometers (7431 miles) driven; $6472.22 spent in 2014 10 … Continue reading

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2021

Some say life is like a roll of toilet paper… the closer we get to the end, the quicker it goes. At sixty-nine years of age, I’m spiralling towards the end at a fair clip. If I’m lucky, family genetics … Continue reading

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My Special Christmas Eve

While operating a small, mixed irrigated farm in southern Alberta, I noticed this small miracle. The four birds only roosted in that manner for that one night. Similar accounts have been recorded over the years, something unlikely to happen in … Continue reading

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Winter Drive towards Little Fish Lake

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Winter in Rock Creek Canyon

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